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H 276 x W 203 mm

74 pages

Illustrated throughout in black & white with 3 plates in colour

Published Jan 2018

Archaeopress Access Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784917401

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Copper; bronze; flat axes; flanged axes; chisels; Chalcolithic; Early Bronze Age; Britain; Ireland; classification principles; style evolution

The Classification of Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age Copper and Bronze Axe-heads from Southern Britain

By Stuart Needham

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This work presents a comprehensive classification of the morphology of early metal age axe-heads, chisels and stakes from southern Britain. It is illustrated by a type series of 120 representative examples.


About the Author

Stuart Needham specialised in metalwork in his early career and has since diversified to cover many aspects of the Chalcolithic and Bronze Age of north-west Europe, involving themes such as deposition practices, metal circulation systems, periodisation, life- and refuse-cycles of material culture, exchange systems, maritime interactions and alluvial archaeology. Further publications have emanated from excavations at Runnymede Bridge and Ringlemere. A curator at the British Museum for thirty years before becoming an independent researcher, he co-founded the Bronze Age Forum in 1999 and delivered the Rhind lectures for the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 2011. He is currently Research Director of the People of the Heath project investigating Early Bronze Age barrows in the Rother Valley of East Hampshire and West Sussex.